I use egg weights on my texas rigs but put the weight on the end and then pound it with a hammer so the weight can't move and then the rest of the directions are like you stated. Only way to go. Another tip is to make sure your decoys match as far as what side of the keel the loop is on as it does speed up picking up if all the loops are on a certain side of the decoy. For me, I have them on the right side of the keel if you are looking at the front of the duck. I use my left hand to pick up the decoy and then right hand has the carabiner.